You've heard it. You've seen it. Maybe you have even read about the hype of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).
So, why do we choose to drink it? What benefits have we actually noticed within the Triumph Kitchen? Well, Coach Fonseca brought home ACV over a year ago. I smelled it and my mouth watered and my cheeks tingled. I opened the container and used my sniffer to smell what I was about to encounter. I didn't think I would be able to stomach it. However, I braved the challenge and poured in some ACV into a cup and filled up the rest with just a wee bit of water (drink it faster right?!). I drank it- gulped it. I admit that my first time of ACV was awful. I was bent over the sink, sure I was going to lose my cookies for about 15 minutes. When I talked with Coach Fonseca about it, he was able to give me some tips and strategies that helped me realize that I went about my first ACV experience all wrong.
1. You only need about 1 Tablespoon of ACV
2. Fill your cup all the way up with water
3. DO NOT drink on an empty stomach
So, basically, I failed in all three areas. Which really, in hindsight, is awesome because all of you get to learn from my mistakes! We continue to drink ACV every single morning. What I have noticed is that the claims of the internal and external benefits of ACV hold truth. Here are just a few of the benefits:
When you purchase ACV, you must make sure that you select the ACV that includes the "mother." The mother is the dark, cloudy substance in the ACV formed from naturally occurring pectin and apple residues - it appears as molecules of protein connected in strand-like chains. The presence of the mother shows that the best part of the apple has not been destroyed. Vinegars containing the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars may not contain due to over-processing, filtration and overheating.
The Triumph Kitchen suggests that you start using ACV as a part of your diet. You will see the immunity boost and the ability to help you keep lean in combination with your healthy diet and exercise! If you just CAN"T stomach the ACV liquid, there are capsules and tablets available in the organic supplement sections of many chain stores.
Happy Apple Cider Vinegaring!